The Importance Of English Language And Literacy

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English Language and literacy has changed through time (Centre for Innovation - Leiden University., TEDx Talks, 2014). History has not always placed all humans equally when it comes to language, in some cultures the powerful, such as kings and noble men, produced the language and everyday people such as the peasants were forced to listen (Gee & Hayes, 2011., Ted-Ed, 2012). The hierarchy of the middle ages dictated who had the authority to speak and who should listen (Gee & Hayes, 2011., Ted-Ed, 2012). Oral language has been around since humans evolved, however, when written language was created 3000-8000 years ago it represented a challenge for authority (Gee & Hayes, 2011). When someone speaks they can easily be silenced, however, the written language can be anonymous and easily circulated (Gee & Hayes, 2011). The invention of the printing press made the distribution of written language easier, however, reading was still limited to the wealthy and educated (Gee & Hayes, 2011). From the 16th century countries such as Sweden encouraged universal reading, so people were able to read the bible (Gee & Hayes, 2011). The capacity to write, however, did not spread as quickly or as well as the ability to read, today even in modern society, people still exist with the inability to write as well as they can read (Gee & Hayes, 2011). Modern day printing presses control what is published, further adding to the idea that ordinary people should consume, however, not produce literature

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